No. 5 USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps UC San Diego

    Robert Feathers

    Feb. 14, 2014

    Final Stats

    Tanner Jansen, Lucas Yoder and Tommy Leonard each were in double figures in kills to lead the No. 5-ranked USC men's volleyball team to a 25-13, 25-21, 25-15 sweep at UC San Diego in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (Feb. 14).

    USC improved to 7-5 overall and 6-5 in the MPSF, while UCSD remained winless on the year (0-12) and in the MPSF (0-11).

    Jansen had 13 kills while hitting .600, Yoder added 12 kills while hitting .417 and Leonard had 10 kills (hitting .588), 6 blocks and 2 aces. Andy Benesh added 6 blocks, Maddison McKibbin had 11 digs and Michael Mullahey started at setter for the second consecutive night in place of Micah Christenson (injured back) and had 7 digs and 2 aces with his 35 assists.

    For the Tritons, Mike Brunsting had 12 kills and 6 digs.

    USC hit .487 to UCSD's .209 and the Trojans had 13.5 blocks to the Tritons' 1.0.

    In the first set, USC scored 6 out of 7 points to build an early 9-4 lead and continued to pull away while hitting .435. AFter trailing the second set at 17-14, USC scored 5 consecutive points only to see UCSD tie it up again at 19-19 before the Trojans pulled ahead for good with a 3-0 run. USC got out to a 13-5 margin in the third set after scoring 6 straight points and Troy was never threatened while hitting .692.

    USC now returns home to host No. 11 Hawaii for a pair of MPSF matches at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center, first on Feb. 20 and then in a nationally-televised match on Pac-12 Networks on Feb. 22.